Yesterday, another mass shooting occurred, this time in Oregon at Umpqua Community College. Ten dead, including the shooter; seven wounded and in the hospital. Another community shattered. More families torn by grief.
The question, “Is there anything left to say?” is not rhetorical, but very, very, painfully and shamefully real. There have been 142 school shootings since that terrible day in December 2012 in Newtown Connecticut. 41 school shootings so far in 2015. This, of course, does not include the over 87,400 shooting deaths in our country since 2012. If we are not shocked and angered by these statistics, may it only be because we are so numb and weary and not because we do not care and prefer to turn a blind eye to this national tragedy and disgrace. And may we not be gripped by the fatalists who say that nothing will work, that no legislation will keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. States that have gun laws have less gun violence. Since Connecticut passed its gun laws after Newtown less than three years ago, gun violence has dropped by 40%.
Right now, I can only concur with President Obama who said “Our prayers are not enough” – still we must send them. And we must take action. For now, below is a list of organizations working to change this horrific situation in our country. Donate. Write to your representatives in Congress and tell them enough is enough. I will look for other opportunities to take action and keep you posted.
- Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
- Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (Founded by the United Methodist Church Board, a coalition of 48 diverse organizations, such as: the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Urban League, the Jesuit Conference, and the National Council of Jewish Women)
- Mayors Against Illegal Guns
- Newtown Action Alliance (Founded by Newtown residents in the weeks after the December 2012 Newtown, Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School)